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In terms of literary style, "Howl," by Allen Ginsberg, can be placed within the Beat Movement. Beat poetry (as exemplified by writers such as Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso, and Burroughs) often challenged the notion of the status quo; it regularly featured a refusal of gender and sexual norms, capitalism, and social expectations. Travel, drug use, artistic expression, and personal/spiritual enlightenment were common themes in Beat poetry and prose, and Ginsberg's work draws upon these as well. Within Howl , the speaker laments the destruction of "the best...

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